Guys, I’m not gonna lie to you, I’ve tried the homemade laundry detergent before intending to share it… and it was awful! I actually tried homemade laundry detergents twice before this one and both just did not make the cut. I had basically almost given up on DIY laundry detergent completely, when my good friend Keesha text me and said she had a recipe and wanted to make it together! I had my doubts, but she told me her mom and her sister had both been using this kind forever and swore by it and I decided I would give it a go. Holy cow.. I am in love with the stuff! I don’t know if it was because my first two attempts were for dry laundry detergent, or what, but this DIY liquid laundry detergent is AMAZING!
Every time I open up the washer to switch loads I am filled with joy because it smells fresh and clean, leaves no gross residue, and gets out tough dirt and stains! I have been so impressed, I basically couldn’t wait to share it with you. Not to mention, the recipe makes a 5 gallon tub and you only need 1/2 cup detergent for top loader machines and 1/4 for front loader machines per load! Suffice it to say, this recipe is gonna shrink your laundry expenses considerably! Let’s get started shall we?
- 4 cups boiling water
- 1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1/2 cup Borax
- Yummy smelling essential oils Optional I used Doterra's citrus bliss
- 5 gallon bucket
Heat 4 cups of water until boiling.
Grate your Fels-Naptha soap bar (I just used a cheese grater) and add to boiling water. Stir continuously over medium low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
Fill your 5 gallon bucket half full with HOT tap water, add melted soap, washing soda, and borax and stir well until all powder is dissolved.
Fill the bucket the rest of the way to the top with hot water, stir, cover, and let sit overnight to thicken.
The next day, stir well and fill an old laundry detergent container with detergent.
If desired, add your essential oils at this point!
*Shake well before each use, because detergent can separate a bit.
*Top load machines use 1/2 cup per load, front load machines use 1/4 cup per load.
Sooooo easy and soooo worth it you guys! I can guarantee you’re gonna be glad you tried this one!